Talk Me Out Of Quitting

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Jobhater, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. Jul 3, 2016
    Jobhater

    Jobhater RHD CJ-6 Project

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    My CJ-6 has been a project of mine for years now. I think I first acquired it in 2008 or so. I have many of the parts that I need. But, I do not have the knowledge or time that I need to work on it. I am seriously considering just selling the whole thing and buying a CJ7 or a Scrambler or a hot rod. Help talk me into keeping it.
     
  2. Jul 4, 2016
    Twin2

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    any project REQUIRES serious garage time . and skill . tools . but if you don't have time for it to sit . hopefully in a garage , then consider the loss you might take . just so you can buy another CJ . CJ7 and scramblers will need work too , unless you buy a turn key
     
  3. Jul 4, 2016
    termin8ed

    termin8ed I didn't do it Staff Member Sponsor

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    Anyone on the forum in the area? Ive gone and met members and helped work on a couple projects
     
  4. Jul 4, 2016
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Sponsor

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    I don't seem to recall the details of your jeep project - but from what I can see on your profile page it looks like you have some significant modification going on and that takes a lot of effort, time, determination, frustration, etc. I don't have the skill or knowledge to be of much help with your specific technical challenges, other than to offer a helping hand as a tool pushing extra set of hands if needed (I am in Denver). That being said, is there a way to 'simplify' some aspects of the project to get it on the road sooner? My jeep has not been driveable for about 2 months and I am annoyed how long my current project is taking. Maybe if you can just get it on the road - even if it does not have everything you originally planned - it will be more rewarding. Then you can tackle some of the additional mods with renewed vigor if you still feel they are wanted after driving it for a while. Some people enjoy the building process equal to or more so than the driving (nothing but respect for that), but I think I would hit a point of frustration that either caused me to sell it off or shelve it indefinitely and never finish. For me, working on the jeep is fun, but driving a reliable jeep is more fun!

    I do agree with Ron - most CJ7 or 8 are old enough these days that they still need a lot of attention - and for beginners like me, I think the early CJs are easier to work on in terms of complexity. But given your mods, that may not be much of a concern for you. Good luck...
     
  5. Jul 4, 2016
    a42pb

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    Took a look at philsjeep site cool jeep you have there! Early CJ5 does have a classified section happy 4th.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2016
    Jobhater

    Jobhater RHD CJ-6 Project

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    I have owned a '76 CJ5 before, so I know that jeep pretty well. That is why I am looking at a CJ7 or CJ8. I also like the aftermarket support. I do have some welding knowledge but I'm not as confident in my fabbing skills as I probably should be.
    My wife doesn't want me to get rid of the -6. But, I'm getting tired of having it in the garage with TONS of extra pieces and very little getting done to it. I want something I can drive and enjoy.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2016
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Super Moderator Staff Member Sponsor

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    Is it the Destination or the Journey?

    If you want to be out on the trails driving that's one thing.

    If you prefer wrenching & designing that's something else.


    There's no shame in realizing a project isn't taking you where you want to go- if that's driving rather than building then the answer is pretty obvious.

    H.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2016
    Jobhater

    Jobhater RHD CJ-6 Project

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    Actually, I do prefer to work on a jeep more than hit the trails. I don't know why, I just do. But, I don't think I have confidence in myself for the fabrication I need to do. Any my small kids take up nearly all of my free time.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2016
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Super Moderator Staff Member Sponsor

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    Skills come with experience.


    Weld two scraps of metal together.

    Repeat 1000 times.

    You're a welder :)


    Book yourself two hours tw0-three times a week & the odd Saturday afternoon & work at it, soon you'll be making progress..

    H.
     
  10. Jul 5, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

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    And when you get good at that, put them upright, weld uphill and repeat 1000 times.

    And when you get good at that, put them overhead and repeat 1000 times.

    NOW your a welder. :D
     
  11. Jul 5, 2016
    Twin2

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    it doesn't take a professional welder to do sheet metal with a mig . just one spot at a time . your going to grind it anyway
     
  12. Jul 6, 2016
    supertrooper

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    im not really the person to talk you out of quitting since i think about quitting my project often but i do have a tip to help with fabrication, save your empty cereal boxes and use the cardboard to make templates before cutting metal. it helps you visualize what you are trying to make and is easier, faster and cheaper to work with than metal.
     
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  13. Jul 6, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Volvophilic

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    The big double-box of Lucky Charms from Costco is my CAD material of choice. They're extra thick and bigger than your average box. And yummy. (y)
     
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  14. Jul 6, 2016
    Bajatransit

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    I just bought a 1967 CJ 6. I have zero knowledge of jeeps. I am wondering if I will be where you are in eight years time. I'm diving in head first!
     
  15. Jul 6, 2016
    Jobhater

    Jobhater RHD CJ-6 Project

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    No, you should be better. After getting my jeep, I met my (now) wife, got married, and we now have 2 kids & last year moved. So, life has gotten in the way. That's my story.
     
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    Jobhater

    Jobhater RHD CJ-6 Project

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    It's not really the welding part that I'm uncomfortable with. It's the placement of parts. Right now, I'm trying to place the Poison Spyder outboard kit on a Commando frame with a heavy duty steering bracket for a right hand drive power steering box. Then I have to deal with drive train placement, cutting up the tunnel for the NV4500, etc. Sometimes, I only get 15 minutes to work on the Jeep due to my wife's work schedule. I call the project Red Molasses because it's going so slow.
     
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  17. Jul 6, 2016
    givemethewillys

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    I've thought of quitting quite a few times for something more practical. The end result of these thoughts is that i can't and don't really want to give it up. I've had the Jeep for over 20 years, it was my first vehicle that i rebuilt with my dad, and it makes me smile when I drive it.

    During the time that it is down for rebuilding/repairs, it doesn't cost me a cent to own, and doesn't take up TOO much space. My big barrier right now is money, but when I get my Jeep back on the road, I know it will have been worth hanging on to.
     
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  18. Jul 6, 2016
    termin8ed

    termin8ed I didn't do it Staff Member Sponsor

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    Hey.
    Thats my story:D

    Right down to the move. Except my move forced me to get mine road worthy. (enough)
     
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    47v6

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    I had to stop progress on my jeep for a year or 2 once. Put a tarp over it or park it in the garage, tub upright and parts stacked on a shelf, hang the frame from the ceiling or wall and wait for a better time. I did and then I got done, decided i needed to do a lot of stuff a lot better an redid everything in like 8 months then. You dont have to walk away permanently, just until you have time. Don't feel guilty about not having time, sometimes other things are more important. When you're able and ready it will be waiting.
     
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  20. Jul 6, 2016
    throwback

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    Hey that looks like the one that was on eBay and called "minty green" on here a while back. Is it?
     

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